The introduction explains Blank’s personal clash with the word. She is female, and her longtime partner was born with, and has, a fully functioning penis. But where women have XX chromosomes, and men have XY, her partner has all three: XXY. He/she is therefore, as she puts it, “simultaneously male, female, and neither.” Her partner’s ambiguous gender therefore calls into question Blank’s own sexuality: Is she straight? Gay? Bi? Or something else entirely?